Rebecca Basham
In Memorium, Associate Professor of English
Fine Arts 332

Rebecca Basham passed away July 22, 2015, at home. A playwright and Associate professor of the Department of English, she was 48. A reviewer described one of her plays as “brash, bracing, wildly funny, and covertly serious.” The same could be said of Rebecca herself. She will be sorely missed.

Seiwoong Oh
Professor of English
Fine Arts 324

Degrees: B.A. Chung Ang University, Seoul; M.A. West Texas State University; Ph.D. University of North Texas

Dr. Oh specializes in British Renaissance literature including Shakespeare and Milton. He has also been interested in Asian American literature and has written extensively on cross-cultural reading in multicultural literature.

Please write to me at [email protected]. Questions, job offers, comments, and hellos are welcome. I'd especially love to hear from current and former students about how they are doing.

Roberta Clipper (formerly Robbie Clipper Sethi)
Professor of English
Fine Arts 326

Dr. Clipper's concentrations include the writing of fiction and poetry, and literature, particularly Russian, English, and American. She has published two novels, The Bride Wore Red and Fifty-Fifty, and her short stories and poetry have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. She has been awarded fellowships for her writing from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mickey Hess
Professor of English
Fine Arts 325

Degrees: B.A. University of Louisville; M.A.T. University of Louisville; Ph.D. University of Louisville

Mickey Hess is the co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' DIrty Bastard (HarperCollins 2014). His other books include The Nostalgia Echo, Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory, and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music.

Megan Titus
Assistant Professor II of English
Fine Arts 330


  • Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio University, June 2010; Graduate Certificate: Women’s and Gender Studies; Dissertation: “Surfacing Teacher and Student Voices: the Implications of Teaching Practices for Student Attitudes Toward Revision.” Dissertation Director: Jennie Nelson.
  • M.A. in English, Montclair State University, January 2004; Major Emphasis: Writing Studies; Master’s Thesis: “Reawakening the Student: Exploring Teaching Kinesthetic; Writing in the College Writing Classroom.” Thesis Director: Robert Whitney
Arlene Wilner
Professor, Department of English; Director, RiderBRIDGE
Fine Arts 315

Arlene Wilner earned her B.A. in English at Cornell University, and her Ph.D. in English at Columbia University. Her teaching specialties include eighteenth-century English literature, children's literature, and the "Great Ideas" freshman honors seminars. Twice a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has contributed essays to a variety of annuals and journals, such as The Journal of Narrative Technique; Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture; Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and Children’s Literature.